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MITSUBISHI MOTORS BOASTS HIGHEST SEPTEMBER SALES IN COMPANY HISTORY; PASSENGER CARS UP 22 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR

 CYPRESS, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Entering the 1994 model year with a full line of product enhancements and safety features, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America set a company record pace for September sales while soaring 22 percent above its passenger car sales from one year ago. The company recorded total calendar year-to-date vehicle sales of 137,593 units, representing a 5 percent increase over the same period last year.
 According to Kevin Ormes, vice president of sales, the company expects to increase its overall sales for 1993 by 10 percent over last year's figures. "Our primary strength has been in sales of our domestically built products, Eclipse and Galant," said Ormes. "This month alone, our domestic products have contributed to more than half of our monthly sales."
 Eclipse, Mitsubishi's contemporary and stylish sports coupe, has already sold nearly 50,000 units this year. The company anticipates continued enthusiasm for the product when it has its first complete redesign for the upcoming 1995 model year. In addition, monthly sales of Galant reached 2,469 units, showing a 177 percent increase over September sales one year ago.
 Combines sales of the luxurious Diamante and Diamante Wagon reached more than 2,200 units and included the strongest sales month for the Wagon this year.
 Ormes also noted that Oct. 1 marked the entrance of the company's 1994 Montero in dealer showrooms, sporting standard third-row seating and a larger engine in its SR model. Current year-to-date Montero sales are up by 17 percent.
 Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. was established in 1982 by Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Tokyo, and markets a full line of subcompacts, mid-size sedans, sport coupes, grand touring sports cars, luxury performance sedans, sports wagons, light trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
 MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES OF AMERICA INC.
 Sept. 1993 Sept. 1992 Percentage Chg
 Month/YTD Month/YTD Month/YTD
 Total passenger
 car sales(a) 14,119/128,174 11,598/121,383 +22/+6
 Total truck sales 752/9,419 870/10,066 -14/-6
 Total vehicle sales 14,871/137,593 12,468/131,449 +19/+5
 (a) Above totals include domestic sales
 Domestic sales
 (Includes Eclipse/Galant) 8,145/54,618 4,372/53,120 +86/+3
 -0- 10/5/93
 /CONTACT: Debbie Stearn-Pollack, 800-828-MMSA/ CO: Mitsubishi Motors Corp. of America ST: California IN: AUT SU: SLS


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